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Disco songs for power trio?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Bert Slide, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

    May 16, 2012
    Louisville KY
    OK here's the deal:

    We are booked at a local bar we play frequently for a Christmas party on the 21st. The bar is doing a disco theme and people will be dressing up for the occassion evidently. The bar owners know we don't play anything that remotely resembles disco and don't expect us to. We have a friend who will be DJing the disco between sets.

    I thought it would be really fun to do a couple disco tunes anyway if we could. Trouble is after extensive searching, I'm having trouble finding any disco tunes we could do justice to. Many are heavy on keyboards and most all are vocally pretty tough due to multiple harmonies and high pitch vocals. I'm a bass/baritone, gui**** a baritone and drummer can't sing to save his life!

    I love some of the disco basslines and could throw them out to the crowd between songs but teasing gets old pretty quick. Anybody out there have any experience trying to play disco with this kind of lineup? Any classic disco songs you can think of that we might be able to work with?


  2. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    'Jungle Boogie' is a staple of our (trio) set :)
  3. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    I Will Survive


    Play That Funky Music
  4. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    Found this link to a site with the 100 greatest disco songs.


    These songs usually go over well.

    KC & The Sunshine Band "Get Down Tonight" and "That's The Way I Like It"
    Village People "YMCA"
    Michael Jackson "Billie Jean"
    Tavares "It Only Takes A Minute"
    O'Jays "Love Train"
    Commodores "Brick House"
    Not really disc but "Get Ready" by Rare Earth
  5. Maybe... "Brick House"
    "Play That Funky Music"
    Pseudo Echo's version of "Funky Town"

    For a "slow dance" how about the Commodores "Nightshift?"
  6. George Himmel

    George Himmel

    May 16, 2009
    The east coast?
    Former Manager, Bass San Diego
    People may agree or disagree, but the Stones' "Miss You" has the right feel and actually CAN be done right with three people.
  7. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    a 2nd vote for Miss You.
    you can't go wrong with Stones.
  8. Boogie Oogie Oogie works well with a trio:

  9. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Disco inferno, or the Ohio players "fire" would be cool.
  10. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

    May 16, 2012
    Louisville KY
    Thanks for the suggestions so far. Most are songs I've considered already but after listening to have ruled out. Most all have heavy horn and key parts and or massive backup harmonies. A little rearranging to spread those signature parts between bass and guitar is possible but I can't imagine it still sounding too empty and thin, esp. with only two vocalists with deep voices.

    Anybody got a link to themselve or another 3-piece(remember-just have bass/gui/drums) pulling off these classic disco hits? I promise I won't steal your arrangement, I just want to know it it's possible.
  11. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    We recently added 'Miss You' to our set list but I never thought of it as disco. Great tune and it gets a good reaction from the crowd.
  12. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    Disco Inferno (If the Bobs can do it justice with only four voices a cappella, a power trio can do this tune)

    You Should be Dancing

    Shake Shake Shake (Your Booty)
  13. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    I've been dying to do Leo Sayer's 'You Make Me Feel Like Dancing' for a long time. It's a bit heavy on keys but I think one could pull it off with guitar, bass and drums. The question is can you do falsetto?
  14. George Himmel

    George Himmel

    May 16, 2009
    The east coast?
    Former Manager, Bass San Diego
    Could be, but I think it needs more people. The rhythm hook itself calls for three. (The guitar, bass, and keys play together, then split between 16th notes at the end of the two bar phrase.) At least, that's always been one of my favorite facets of that groove. YMMV
  15. HuntYouDown


    Jan 3, 2012
    Tampa, FL
    Le Freak- Chic... An awesome song.
  16. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

    May 16, 2012
    Louisville KY
    Sitting here listening to "Brick House" with my guitar player. Gonna give it a go. Horns will be sorely missed but I think we can work around it. At least the vocals are in our range.

    Thanks guys keep 'em coming!
  17. nutdog

    nutdog Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    In the dog house.
    I Was Made For Loving You. That's disco, right? I mean they took heat for it. Yes, I've played it.

    Get Down Tonight. You can kind of blues/funk it ala SRV Superstition. Shake Your Booty and Boogie Shoes work.
  18. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

    May 16, 2012
    Louisville KY
    HAHA! Not without clearing the room!
  19. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
  20. rzpooch


    Nov 14, 2007
    Bonney Lake Wa
    Once folks get lubed up (drunk), they hear the first few notes or words and it's on! I wouldn't worry too much about the horns, backup vocals, or keys, just play it like you mean it and they will eat it up.
    I'm in a 4 piece cover band and the singer doesn't play an instrument (UNLESS HARMONICA COUNTS). We have played or are playing a lot of the tunes listed above. They go over almost everywhere, even with bikers...lol